Jacob’s review published on Letterboxd:
Watched at Sydney Film Festival.
An often mesmerising film that plays like a much extended A Separation and a much more thematically obvious film than Ceylan's own Once Upon A Time In Anatolia.
The performances are knockout and the characters intensely fully fleshed, however the conversations between these people (like real life) are far too repetitive to justify the full 3 hours and 20 minutes.
I know it stands contrary to the main themes of the film but had it been a little more about Hamid and his struggling family, as opposed to Aydin's restlessness, the whole film would've packed a much greater emotional punch and I think held a little more thematic complexity.
As it stands Winter Sleep is still an engrossing and beautiful film, though perhaps I would recommend an intermission. It may not be my favourite film of the year, but it might just be the best I've seen so far.